tone language
noun Date: circa 1909 a language (as Chinese or Zulu) in which variations in tone distinguish words or phrases of different meaning that otherwise would sound alike

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tone language — tone ,language noun count LINGUISTICS a language such as Chinese in which the meaning of some words changes when you say them in a different TONE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tone language — or tonal language n. a language, as Chinese or some Bantu or Southeast Asian languages, in which pitch variation is used to distinguish words that would otherwise sound alike …   English World dictionary

  • tone language — tone .language n a language such as Chinese in which the way a sound goes up or down affects the meaning of the word …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone language — noun a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings (Freq. 3) • Syn: ↑tonal language • Hypernyms: ↑natural language, ↑tongue • Hyponyms: ↑contour language, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone language — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tone language : singular tone language plural tone languages linguistics a language such as Chinese in which the meaning of some words changes when you say them in a different tone …   English dictionary

  • tone language — tone′ lan guage n. ling. a language, as Chinese or Yoruba, in which words that are otherwise phonologically identical are distinguished by having different pitches or pitch contour • Etymology: 1905–10 …   From formal English to slang

  • tone language — a language, as Swedish, Chinese, Yoruba, or Serbo Croatian, in which words that are otherwise phonologically identical are distinguished by having different pitches or pitch contour. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • tone language — noun (C) technical a language such as Chinese in which the way a sound goes up or down affects the meaning of the word …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tone language — /ˈtoʊn læŋgwɪdʒ/ (say tohn langgwij) noun → tonal language …   Australian English dictionary

  • Tone (linguistics) — Not to be confused with intonation (linguistics). Top tone ◌̋ ˥ …   Wikipedia

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